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In case anyone forgot that I teach teenagers… this should remind you.

During my “create your dream school” lesson, a group of boys created “Dating School.” There were many interesting aspects of Dating School, but the one that drew the most chuckles from the students during the presentations were the three clubs: night club, dance club, and “how to skinship” club. Skinship, for those of you that don’t live in Korea, is the term that Korean students use to describe physical displays of affection.

After each group presented, I gave the other students a chance to ask the group a question. After a few questions about how pretty the girls at Dating School would be and hemming and hawing, one boy raised his hand and, affecting a serious tone, asked how long it would take to master the skinship club. The group who created Dating School conferred with each other and decided it would take about three years.

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  1. Avatar May 22nd, 2013 at 1:14 am Amy Phillips-Iversen Says:

    What a brilliant idea! This one made me laugh out loud. Just too funny!!

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안녕하세요! My name is Emily and when I started this blog I had received a 2010 – 2011 F*lbright grant to teach English in South Korea.  I then decided to apply to renew my grant, so I am now staying in Korea until July 2012. This blog is not an official F*lbright Program blog, and the views expressed are my own and not those of the F*lbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.

I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Philosophy Pre-Law and Classical Civilizations, and found myself 3 months later teaching English at SGHS. The town that I taught in, SG, is a small town of 12,000 people, an “읍” (eup) rather than a “시” (shi – city), and though it was sometimes hard teaching in such a small town I really enjoyed the unique experience of being the first foreign teacher SGHS had ever had. I lived in the largest part of the county which is significantly bigger (40,000 people) than the town the school is situated in, but is also considered rural by Korean standards.

During my second grant period (2011-2012) I decided to change schools and I currently teach at CPHS which is located in an even smaller town than previously, in Jeollanamdo.

This blog is meant to serve as a reflection not only of being a Native English Speaking teacher in Korea, but also of living as a foreigner in rural Korea.